Date: 21 Sep 2004 17:08:23 GMT
From: Dave Hinz <>
Subject: Re: 99/c900 Clutch Spacer Tool?

On Tue, 21 Sep 2004 11:25:47 +1200, Richard Sutherland-Smith <> wrote: > In message <> > Dave Hinz <> wrote: > >> That whole assembly is out already. I'm fully anticipating pulling >> at least the engine, and depending on where that rod bolt came through, >> maybe the tranny too. > If you are going to take the gearbox off anyway, there is no need to > compress the clutch? Only if I want to separate the tranny and the engine, which I do. And that's a _LOT_ easier to do if I put the spacer tool in when the clutch is still connected to the car's hydraulics. Ask me, er, how I know that. For the record, the official Saab service manual does _not_ mention that step in the "removing the powerplant" section, and in the part about taking out the clutch, they just say "remove the 3 bolts and remove the slave cylinder" which is most definately not gonna happen unless you've got the spacer in. I ran into _that_ little problem when the slave cylinder went on my c900, and I had no way to depress the fingers. Bought a whole clutch kit, used a cutoff wheel in the dremel to cut all of the fingers on the clutch plate so I could get the darn thing out. Wasn't gonna reuse it anyway, but it kind of hurt to destroy parts to get it apart. Ah well. Pictures shortly for those who want to see the gory details. No blood yet. Dave Hinz

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